Crepes by Suzette is a simple story of a day in the life of a crepe vendor (aptly named Suzette) who wanders through Paris. After purchasing ingredients in a market, Suzette pushes her cart through some Paris’ most quintessential settings: Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Luxembourg Gardens, Notre-Dame Cathedral, to name a few. The book is a travelogue, a celebration of Paris, and an innovative multimedia experience. [Read more…]
The world of Simple Machines is whimsical, wonderful and beautifully rendered. Through open-ended play, children get to explore the physics of motion that govern six basic machines (and, no, a mobile phone is not one of them). There are levers, wheels, pulleys, screws, inclined planes and wedges. Each machine is featured separately so there are six very different playscapes to pick from. As kids tinker around, they see the laws of motion in action. For instance, when kids use a pulley to lift things, they’ll discover that a simple, one-wheel pulley can lift a bird, but it takes more pulleys to lift a space shuttle. [Read more…]
Help! The Huevos Rancheros gang have stolen gold and are camped out in the buildings of Mystery Word Town. Your child gets to assist a ghostly sheriff by conducting a room to room search of each of the buildings – until the gold is recovered and the criminals are captured. Six-shooters are not required, but a willingness to spell comes in handy. That’s because as players move from room to room, they collect letters and insert them into incomplete words. When a word is completed, a new room becomes accessible for them to explore. There’s gold in each building, and when a player finds all of the gold in the building, a criminal is captured: another one down for the Huevos Rancheros gang. [Read more…]
Montessori 1st Operations teaches early math concepts, including addition and subtraction. It also lays in the groundwork for division and multiplication by teaching children how to distinguish between odd and even numbers and by teaching them how to double and halve numbers. As they play, children win points, which may be redeemed to build a monster. This app excels at using Montessori teaching principles to turn math in to a sensory, practical experience. [Read more…]
Mystery Math Town sends children on a mission. They must find and release fireflies trapped in jars. These jars are hidden in homes throughout Math Town, a spooky (but not too spooky) town. Children must visit each house in Math Town, solve math problems and release the fireflies. A catchy little aria and beautiful, gothic-inspired illustrations lend a tantalizing air of mystery to the game. The town is abandoned, but never fear, the dour portraits dispersed throughout the town like to talk, and a little ghost is your child’s constant companion.